July 12th, 2024

Alberta RCMP received more than 500 road rage incidents in 2023

By medicinehatnews on December 16, 2023.

RCMP would like to remind the public on the dangers of dangerous driving and road rage following the deaths of three people this year.

Charges and tickets have been issued in 184 of these incidents, while several remain under investigation.

Police warm aggressive driving can result in injuries, a criminal record and jail time.

“Like with any high-risk behaviour, it is only a matter of time until aggressive driving catches up with you,” says RCMP Traffic Services Sgt. Dan Mayowski. “We really want people to think about that during their commutes, or trips up the highway. If you find yourself getting agitated while driving, it’s time to take a breath, pull over and grab a coffee, or find an appropriate and safe way to disengage the source of your frustration.”

RCMP say if you find yourself involved in an incident of aggressive driving you should take the following steps:

– Take a route that avoids further engagement with the other driver;

– When safe, call 911 and report the details of the incident to police;

– Drive within the speed limit and follow the rules of the road; and

– Be prepared to provide the vehicle colour, make, model, licence plate number and a description of the driver to police.

“Operating a vehicle comes with certain responsibilities highlighted in the traffic safety act, road regulations and criminal code. We will lay charges in aggressive driving road rage incidents where it is appropriate, and we are encouraging the public to report these incidents when you see them,” says Sgt. Mayowski.

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